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00070606STAFF REPORT Prepared by: Molly Hitchcock Date: March 7, 2001 Item: Public hearing, discussion, and possible action on a Conditional Use Permit for the City of College Station Lick Creek wastewater treatment plant expansion located in the Lick Creek Park. (01 -027) Applicant: City of College Station (Dale Schepers, Water/Wastewater Division Manager) Staff Recommendation: Unless the public hearing brings to light any new information indicating potential negative impacts, Staff recommends approval with Staff Comments #2. Item Summary: The subject property consists of 22.96 acres within the 515 -acre Lick Creek Park. There is currently a small "package" water treatment plant on the property that was built in 1987 to treat the wastewater from the Pebble Creek Subdivision and other developments in southern College Station. Recent and projected growth in this area necessitates a larger wastewater facility. This plant will not only be upgraded for greater service capacity, but will also employ a safer and more effective effluent treatment method than currently exists. Located approximately 2000 feet back inside of the heavily wooded park, the wastewater treatment plant is not visible from the road. The facilities will be contained within a (chain link and barbed wire) fenced area except for a portion of the Operations /Maintenance Building (the only building that will be occupied). This building will have a metal and block exterior, while other buildings will have metal facades. Vegetation will help screen the facilities. The area is heavily forested and large stands of existing canopy and non - canopy trees will be preserved. Two gates will restrict vehicular access to the plant, one at the service road entrance and one at the facilities entrance. No curbing exists on the site and none has been requested of the expansion. There are no parking requirements in the Zoning Ordinance for municipal uses such as this, so the Planning and Zoning Commission will make the determination when the Conditional Use Permit is considered. Five spaces are proposed for the occupied building, and several driveways leading up to treatment areas are large enough to park a service vehicle. Comprehensive Plan Considerations: The Land Use Plan shows this area to be Park. Although this will be an expansion of wastewater facilities, the expansion will be contained within the current area designated for wastewater facilities. Access will be via a private service road through the park from Rock Prairie Road, a major collector at this point. As stated in the Comprehensive Plan, one of the goals of the City of College Station is to "provide the highest level of sanitary sewer service ". Because of the growth in south College Station, expanded wastewater treatment facilities are needed to reach the objective of serving "all developed parcels within the city limits with City sanitary sewer service ". Item Background: Lick Creek Park was established as a "nature park" in 1987, the same year the Lick Creek wastewater treatment plant was erected. The land has remained A -O Agricultural Open since it was annexed into the City in 1988. The Pebble Creek residential development borders on the park, but is still approximately 5700 feet away from the treatment plant at its closest point. Staff Analysis: Section 14 of the Zoning Ordinance authorizes the existence of conditional uses. The Commission may permit a conditional use subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, when after public notice and hearing the Commission finds that: (Staff comments are in italics) 1. "The proposed use meets all the minimum standards established in the ordinance for the type of use proposed." Staff conducted a technical review and found general compliance with development regulations with the exception of the items listed in Staff Comments #2. 2. "That the proposed use meets the purposed and intent of the ordinance and is in harmony with the development policies and goals and objectives as embodied in the Comprehensive Plan for Development of the City. The request is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. 3. "That the proposed use will not be detrimental to the health, welfare, and safety of the surrounding neighborhood or its occupants, nor be substantially or permanently injurious to neighboring property." The public hearing is an opportunity for the Commission to measure the potential impact on surrounding land uses. The Commission may impose additional reasonable restrictions or conditions to carry out the spirit and intent of the ordinance and to mitigate adverse effects of the proposed use. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, increased open space, loading and parking requirements, additional landscaping, and additional improvements such as curbing, sidewalks and screening." 2 Commission Action Options: The Commission has final authority over the Conditional Use Permit and associated site plan. The options regarding the use permit are: 1. Approval as submitted; 2. Approval with conditions relating to specific site characteristics or with time limitations; 3. Denial with specified reasons for denial; 4. Table; or, 5. Defer action to a specified date. Supporting Materials: 1. Location Map 2. Application 3. Infrastructure and Facilities 4. Copy of Site Plan INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES Water: Water service is adequate for the proposed use. A new 8" waterline is being run from an existing waterline in the Pebble Creek Subdivision to the plant. Sewer: Sewer service is area adequate for the proposed use. Streets: The park and wastewater treatment plant have access off of Rock Prairie Road, which is a major collector. The plant entrance road is being improved with this project. Off -site Easements: None —the new 8" waterline is within the existing easements. Drainage: The project will have to comply with the City's Drainage Ordinance. No detention is required. Flood Plain: Floodplain exists on a small portion of the site. There will be no additional encroachment by new development. 3 NOTIFICATION: Legal Notice Publication(s): The Eagle; 2 -28 -01 Advertised Commission Hearing Dates(s): 3 -15 -01 Number of Notices Mailed to Property Owners Within 200': 3 Response Received: None as of date of staff report. E